Steve Ballmer starts tweeting using an Apple iPhone? (Nope, it's a fake account)

Steve Ballmer starts tweeting using an Apple iPhone? (Nope, it's a fake account)
UPDATE: Well, it seems that perhaps Steve Ballmer still feels the same way toward the Apple iPhone as he did in the 2007 video below. The Twitter account @MicrosoftSteve had nothing to do with the former Microsoft CEO and has been suspended.

Now that former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is no longer sitting behind a big desk at company headquarters, he is free to use any smartphone he chooses. Still, you would think that since he still does own 4% of Microsoft, his natural inclination would be to go with a Windows Phone powered handset. And considering that he was running the ship when Microsoft announced the acquisition of Nokia Devices and Services, we could pin it down some more and say that Mr.Ballmer could be expected to use a Nokia Lumia model.

Thus, it was surprising to see a new Twitter account that seemingly (and we aren't taking that word lightly) belongs to Steve Ballmer (@MicrosoftSteve), sending out some tweets using the Twitter for iPhone app. One of those tweets contained a selfie, showing Mr.Ballmer.

If this is legitimately Steve Ballmer's Twitter account, and he is using the iPhone, it would be ironic considering that back in 2007, he dismissed the newly launched touchscreen smartphone because of its price, and lack of a keyboard. In the video below, you'll hear Ballmer talk about Microsoft having its mobile strategy in place as he promotes the features on the Motorola Q.

Earlier this year, Ballmer admitted that he wished that he could have the last decade back so that he could focus more on mobile. But since there is no such thing as a time machine, Microsoft's former CEO needs to look ahead. Windows Phone grew nicely last year, and with Windows Phone 8.1 soon to be unveiled, there could be some further momentum for the platform that was first launched under his watch. So why is he using an Apple iPhone?


source: @MicrosoftSteve via Gizmodo

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175 Comments

1. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

I understand him considering how painful is it to use WP as daily driver.

4. blingblingthing

Posts: 887; Member since: Oct 23, 2012

Is WP that bad? I love windows 8 on my mom's PC.

13. hurrycanger

Posts: 1755; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It's not that bad as a phone. Calling, texting, and browsing the web on WP8 is perfectly fine. It's just not as fun and productive comparing to iPhones and many Android phones. I'm talking about WP8 here, not the new 8.1 (cuz I haven't used it and I don't even know all what it can do). As for Windows 8. It's completely different from WP8. They don't share anything in common except for the squarish design. At least that's how I see it.

16. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

WP8 is a very capable productivity OS. Calling, texting, emailing, browsing, navigation, local searching, photography, calendar, social media input and output, alarms, reminders, notes, are all extremely well implemented in Windows Phone. And everything just works, so I don't have to spend a lot of time on my phone outside of these things. Where Android and iOS seem to surpass WP is with the "fun" side of things as they have many more apps, especially novelties that people like to pass their time with. W8 and WP8 are completely different beasts, but at least with W8.1 and WP8.1, they are starting to merge the marketplaces, sync capabilities, and overall overlap between the two platforms.

18. hurrycanger

Posts: 1755; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

yep, W8.1 and WP8.1 are getting closer together, which is great.

30. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Can you easily explore what's on the phone and copy files from WP to the PC yet? Last time I tried WP, it was terrible. A closed down locked up OS that made me feel like I was an indentured serf owned by Microsoft. Abd all the apps were fake or junk. No thanks.

124. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Yes, you plug it in and it sees it as a usb device, you can explore the folders that many apps use (some use custom folders and you cannot explore, but those apps usually have a share option to get the file somewhere you need it to be) Currently if we want to talk about junk apps, droid is king of that. Out of the millions of apps, most phones on average have about 30 apps, with 'power' users getting to 100+. Most are available on windows.

163. wolfsaviorzx unregistered

Still doesn't change the fact microsoft and apple lock their OS so bad you have to "Jail break" it just to get the same freedoms you get by default on android or Windows/OSX proper

138. sgodsell

Posts: 6843; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

You also can't run WP apps on any Windows tablets.

145. papss unregistered

At this time the only one that works on all is halo.. All will be compatible soon

22. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

I'm on WP8.1. It takes 1 step forward, half a step backward. Also, browser is still no good.

63. papss unregistered

It takes no steps backwards.. Maybe you should educate yourself before commenting

67. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Maybe you should actually use it, before defending it.

69. papss unregistered

Maybe you should use it first.. I HAVE 8.1 and there are no steps back but many forward.

84. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"Maybe you should use it first." I am. Hence my assessment of it. "I HAVE 8.1 and there are no steps back but many forward." Looks like fanboyism kind be blinding. Clear your vision and USE it.

88. papss unregistered

What steps back? I'm interested in the step back part.. Do tell

115. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

Since i don't want WP designers/Microsoft employees scouring these sections to swindle ideas off users and act like they did, i'll indicate one of the several... - Keep using the tabs button in the browser. You'll notice a difference in how new tabs are handled, compared to WP8. THAT is one of the steps backward.

125. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

tabs are handled nearly the same, all they have put is a second option for a quick to your history by swiping left and right. The only option that is missing is the open in new tab option from the settings. But all the other options and the new reading mode are good steps.

153. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

This shows that you haven't used the previous version, WP8, as much as i did.

114. MR-H-

Posts: 116; Member since: Apr 10, 2014

Bing is not good. No option to download use 3rd party apps like DolphinBrowser.

126. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Bing is not good? then use whatever you want via the search button, how hard is it to type google? Also surfy, uc browser, maxathon browser, etc are all great alternatives.

34. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

I have a problem with you saying that iPhones are more fun or productive than WP... I am MOST productive on a Windows Phone with super great social media, professional services, and overall OS integration and organization. There is a consistency within the OS and almost all apps/settings/features that truly increases a users efficiency and comfort with the OS. So... out of my own experiences (which may differ from others'), there's no way I could have done as much on iOS or Android than on Windows Phone. That's what makes me super excited for WP8.1

35. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

What does this even mean -- "professional services"? Does WP come with a free lawyer so you can understand the Microsoft EULA?

170. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

No, a skill I learned a while back called reading helps me with Microsoft's EULA... and pretty much all other EULA. Professional services meaning fully integrated and FREE Microsoft Office (I did not have to waste a user on Office 365, unlike the iPad users in the office), and a dedicated Hosted Exchange Email app with Calendar capabilities. On my Nexus 5, the Microsoft Office app counted against the number of users. Was less organized, crashed on me once every two weeks. And the Calendar was terrible (this last sentence is subjective).

40. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"There is a consistency within the OS" Yes. Its being consistently horrible. "there's no way I could have done as much on iOS or Android than on Windows Phone." Ah. This shows you haven't used those platforms or have not realized its capabilities.

62. papss unregistered

Nope used them and still find WP better. Remember you don't equal everyone.. Just because you were too stupid to change when you weren't happy.

68. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"Nope used them and still find WP better" I'd have respected your choice, if I weren't. Using WP and didn't know anything about it. "Remember you don't equal everyone" Especially to you, since I didn't falsely praise WP, you're platform of choice, for what it's not.

70. papss unregistered

I'm not falsely doing anything.. I'm speaking the truth while you troll every WP article.. Its pathetic really.

85. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

"I'm speaking the truth while you troll every WP article." You got your vocabulary mixed. Telling the truth is not trolling. Spouting false claims, like you do, is. "Its pathetic really." WP? Yes.

89. papss unregistered

See above and speak of the step back.. Please tell me troll

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